Farm Hand - International Dreams

Artist Name: Farm Hand
Album Title: International Dreams
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Label: Shape Records
Cat No: SHAPE032
Info: 100 limited edition vinyl with riso print sleeve, handstamped and handnumbered. 

Twitter: @farmhandle
Instagram: @farmhandle


Side A
1. Precision
2. Solution
3. International Dreams
4. Happy Landings
5. Nettle Soup

Side B
6. New Kitchens
7. Moving Hills
8. Fall Into Flight
9. Search Engines
10. I Hope She Knows


Farm Hand is the solo name of Islet member and Shape Records founder Mark Daman Thomas. International Dreams is his debut solo album and is the sound of Daman Thomas being restored to factory settings after moving from Cardiff to his homeland in the sparsely populated hills of Mid Wales.

This album is his reflection on the realities of rural life, built on car boot beats, field recordings, loops and second hand organs. Freewheeling and full of deep, cyclical melodies, the album was recorded in a barn studio on the working family farm of Pontvane, Radnorshire, in spring 2017 with producer Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, Slow Club).

Farm Hand is an instinctual musical force with a love of expressive live performance. Of his performance in a Brecon Beacons cave for Green Man, Wire said “Music with reverent, almost religious overtones” and CCQ saying “His droney-church-organ shifts and scapes, together with deeply voiced singing by his silver-coated figure, made for an other-worldly experience.”


"With its arcane oddness and warped, subterranean beats, the music of Farm Hand seems very much at ease alone in the dark." - Gold Flake Paint

"International Dreams" is almost spiritual in its delivery, with drawn out melodies and deep choral harmonies rubbing against bucolic electronics." - M Magazine

“Music with reverent, almost religious overtones” - Wire Magazine

“His droney-church-organ shifts and scapes, together with deeply voiced singing by his silver-coated figure, made for an other-worldly experience.” - CCQ Magazine

"truly creative and, in its own way, spectacular" - God Is In The TV

Album Info:

All songs written by Farm Hand (Mark Daman Thomas)
Farm Hand: vocals, synths, keyboards, fx pedals, guitar, drums, percussion.
Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Rob Jones. 80% at Pontvane, Radnorshire, Wales and 20% in Kinvere, West Midlands. 
Additional bits of recording on tracks 7 + 10 by Stephen Black. 
Artwork: Emma Daman Thomas
Photography: Rhodri Brooks

Previous gigs:

26th Mar - Divine Schism, Fusion Arts, Oxford (supporting Rattle)
19th Oct - Swn Festival, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 
22nd July - Printhaus, Cardiff w/ Quodega
16th June - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff w/ Alex Dingley
31st May - Gwdihw, Cardiff w/ Ed Dowie
26th May - Blue Honey Cafe, Cardiff Psych and Noise Fest 2018
07 Dec - Transport Club, Cardiff (supporting Sweet Baboo) 
06 Dec - The Lexington, London (supporting Sweet Baboo)
05 Dec - Komedia (Arts Cafe), Bath (supporting Sweet Baboo) 
14 Nov - The Social, London (Huw Stephens Presents)
04 Nov - Spillers Records, Cardiff (album launch) 
13 Oct- The Castle Hotel, Manchester (supporting Thomas Truax) 
14 Oct- The Tabernacle, Talgarth (Make Noise Wales)
29 Apr - Machynlleth Comedy Festival
22 Apr - Outpost Coffee, Cardiff - Record Store Day
06 Jan - Chapter, Cardiff (BBC Radio 3 - Exposure)
15 Dec - Clwb Ifor Bach - Please Mind Your Head Fundraiser
18 Nov - Clwb Ifor Bach w/ Flamingods
24 Aug - Clwb Ifor Bach w/ Suuns
20 Aug - Green Man Festival
16 Aug - Noctule - Eglyws Faen Cave, Green Man Festival (one-off underground performance - see below)
12 Aug - The Parrot, Carmarthen
04 Jun - Festival of Voice, Cardiff
14 May - Focus Wales, Wrexham